I’m so glad to hear that you so many of you find my work from home tips on being productive so useful. I honestly believe that working from home will be something we all will have to get used to for a bit. And I bet some of your jobs are considering the flexibility of working from home when the coronavirus pandemic settles. From my experience, that’s what happened to my previous job. At first, work from home was a luxury, and it had to be scheduled as you would when you want to schedule a PTO.
If you were in Chicago you might remember this. About 8 years-ish ago (honestly can’t remember the exact year), Chicago hosted the G8 Summit. The G8 Summit gathered all world leaders together and figure out a solution / agreement on world issues (i.e. presidents, prime ministers, etc). For the safety of Chicago citizens, most downtown offices worked from home (including mine). It happened for a few days and the company I worked for realize we can just be as efficient no matter where we worked. And then going forward, we were able to work from home as often as we pleased.
Ok, I’m done rambling. But basically working from home has some challenges. The best way to get through with it is making sure you have the appropriate work from home essentials. While I love aesthetically pleasing items, I made sure that they are functional. So hopefully all the items I suggested is both cute and reliable. I swear by most of these items. They have helped me out and I tried to find the most cost effective options.
12 Useful Work From Home Essentials
1 Parsons Desk
I’ve had this desk for over 7 years now! It’s currently in our guest room and my husband uses it now. It’s durable, has a little compartment for storage, and under $100. There are several other colors to choose from.
2 Acrylic Desk Accessories
Love the rose gold details! This set comes with a stapler, tape dispenser, staples, staple remover, and binder clips.
3 Adjustable Phone / Tablet Stand
This stand allows you to be hands free from your phone (or tablet). I especially love it when I have to FaceTime my family or have to film something. The stand also comes in silver, black, and red.
4 Desk Lamp
I think this one is pretty obvious why it is essentials. I love this desk lamp because of its simple and minimalist style. Plus, it’s only $25!
5 Monitor Stand Riser
Having the monitor slightly elevated makes all the difference! You don’t have to hunch your back to look at the screen and the camera alignment for zoom videos will be a lot better. You can adjust this stand riser’s width.
6 Lap Desk
Sometimes we just want to work in our bed or sofa. At least I know I do haha. I love this lap desk because it helps keep my laptop steady and has room for the mouse and compartment for my phone.
7 File Folders
If you need a way to organize some papers and note, I love using file folders. I love this set because it has a clean & aesthetically pleasing design.
8 Cane Chair
If you are looking for a new desk chair. Lately, I’ve been really into the cane style. Honestly, considering replacing our dining chair with these. Another great option are these velvet chairs – they’re so affordable and chic!
9 Weekly Planner Desk Pad
Lately, I have been loving the weekly planner. It just makes it easier to visibly see my to-do list throughout the day and so much room to write versus a standard planner. This always sits on my desk.
10 Surge Protector Strip / Extension Cord
If you need more outlets, this surge protector strip will be a great addition!
11 Dresser Storage Tower
Here is a great affordable storage for you to store all your work from home essentials. It fits perfectly under the desk.
12 Acrylic File Box Set
Need a spot to place all your file folders? I love this acrylic file box because it doesn’t look industrial and looks great on top of the desk.
13 Inspirational Pen Set
I actually got these pens as a gift and I love them. They write very well and the quirky inspirational quotes are motivating.
14 Corkcicle Coffee Mug
I love my Corkcicle coffee mug. They keep my coffee warm for hours! The best part is that currently Corkcicle is giving back during coronavirus. Any purchase through their site, they are helping local businesses supplement their revenue!
15 Rectangular Desk
Here is another great and affordable desk option. Also, this desk can also be used as a dining table.
Hope this post helps! And if you haven’t check it out yet, here are my tips on how to be productive while working from home. Share with me what items has helped you!
Tanvi Rastogi says
When I was a freelancer I did have a full office space with all the essentials now I just need a laptop and a table and I am good. How cute is that weekly planner though.
Definitely all we need is a few good things! It did help me though working on a desk versus my dining table haha.
oooh yes so many great things! I finally finished my home office and am working on getting organized. Could use a few more things, though, for sure.
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Regine Karpel says
Sonia Aicha says
I always need more outlets, especially now that I work fulltime from home. I also need a a weekly planner, I use my notebook on laptop. Great list !!!
Thank you Sonia!
Really like your blog post. I’ll read your post again.
Thanks for sharing your great information with us.
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Thank you Diana!
Oh nice!! I need that lap desk! So convinient!!
Thanks for those essentials 🙂
Lily Rose says
All these pieces are so chic and cute for a WFH office Rach. I love a good white desk!
Thank you Lily!
These are all so perfect for a home office space! I love the little drawer!
Thank you Lizzie!
I love weekly planners. That one looks so pretty!
Weekly planners are the best!
Ellis James Designs says
I used to own a desk very similar to that white one! Also I love your choice of lap table, it’s chic and useful!
You have great taste! Thank you!
Sarah Lindner says
Was already working from home full time before quarantine but have def used the time since to upgrade my work space! Great pics! xoxo, Sarah
Haha I’m so in the mood to upgrade mine!
love your picks babe! so important to create a nice work environment when working from home!
cute & little
Thank you Kileen!
This is exactly what I needed! I’m so bored with my current WFH setup
Right?! Sometimes we all need a change.
I need #6, I work from bed so much that it looks so helpful! Thanks for the recommendations!
It is definitely helpful!
Anna English says
You found so many gadgets to make working from home 10x easier!
Love all of these, Rach!! I am adding the desk to my Amazon wish list right now. I’ve been putting off buying a desk because most of them are uber expensive and have just been using my kitchen table. Love the simplicity of the desk and it’s price tag! 🙂
Hope all is well with you friend, and you’re staying happy and healthy!
Make Life Marvelous
Thank you so much Ashley!
Azanique Rawl says
That white desk was the first one I had in my apartment. Just ordered that tablet stand! 🙂
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It was a great desk! The stand will be so useful!
This is a great list of essentials! I need to get that lap desk!
Jill – Doused in Pink
Love the lap desk!